GSA Announcements

Events and Announcements for November 4th 2013

  1. Important Printer Reminder
  2. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
  3. Presidential Forum
  4. MCAA Chairman
  5. NAGPS Membership
  6. Wages & Benefits Resolution
  7. FFLC Spring Workshop Topic
  8. EGSO Annual Can & Coat Drive
  9. Sustainability Workshop/Roundtable
  10. LISC Committee Member Needed
  11. GOV Related Committee Member
  12. RGSO Online Voucher Training
  13. Edu.Psy Movie Night
  14. CSSA Presents The Voice
  15. SASPA Lecture - Jim Wright
  16. Public Health Open Meeting
  17. AGSO Movie Night
  18. Physics Speaker
  19. Theraphy Dog Days RETURN
  20. Comedy NOLA Fundraiser
  21. Teaching Portfolios
  22. Medicative Mondays
  23. GAPS and SEA Change Graduate Conference
  24. International Educational Conference
  25. Minority Business Specialist Opening
  26. Biological Video Center Contest
  27. Stay in the Know!

1. Important Printer Reminder

This is a friendly reminder to all graduate students that the computers in the GSA's office are not for use for research purposes. The printers in the office are allocated strictly for printing and we ask that as long as there are others waiting all students keep their time occupying the computers to 10 minutes or less. Thank you for your understanding!

2. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
Please go to and like this page! All programming, events, and announcements issued from the Office of Graduate Studies will be found here...including follow up information and slides to the Graduate Workshop Series as well as posts from Dean Kevin Williams. Twitter: Hear from the Dean of Graduate Studies! Follow Dean Kevin Williams on Twitter @UAlbanyGradDean

3. Presidential Forum
On November 4th 2013, we will be holding a Presidential Forum in conjunction with Student Association (undergraduate). This forum is an opportunity for students to pose questions and concerns to the President. Our goal is to have 5 main issues our student body is concerned about, to develop the our conversation with the president around. If you have any topics of concern, please email us at as soon as possible. November 4th 2013 * 3:30 to 4:30 p.m - Student Preliminary Forum
* 4:30 to 5:30 p.m - President Q &A

4. MCAA Chairman
Joel has done a wonderful job serving the GSA from the beginning of his term this year until the current point, unfortunately, he will have to step down due to time constraints. The GSA is currently taking submissions of interest to replace Joel as MCAA Chair effective at the next GSA Assembly Meeting - December 4th. If you are interested in the position please contact Caitlin Janiszewski, our President, at>

5. National Association of Graduate-Professional Students Membership
At the last assembly meeting (November 1st, 2013) the Assembly Representatives voted on the previously suggested missive to become a member of a graduate and professional student group. The Assembly was presented with 3 options NAGPS was chosen unanimously as it is the only organization of those available that focuses solely on graduate and professional students. For more information on NAGPS and how our impending membership will benefit you please see their website:

6. Wages and Benefits Resolution Approval
A resolution was approved by the GSA Assembly to be presented by Caitlin at the State-wide SUNY Student Assembly as sponsored by the Wages and benefits Committee to provide a platform of reform in regards to the current wages for adjuncts and contingent faculty. An updated version with approved edits will be released soon.

7. FFLC Spring 2014 Workshop Topic
The Future Faculty Leadership Council wants to know what you need! Help us choose a topic for our Spring 2014 workshop that will be most helpful and interesting to you. Follow this link to a one-question survey:
Don't forget to check out our blog at and Like us on Facebook (UAlbany Future Faculty Leadership Council)!

8. EGSO Annual Can & Coat Drive
I am happy to announce the kick-off of the Annual Can and Coat Drive by the English Graduate Student Association Outreach Committee. Last year, we collected over 10 bags of coats and over 400LB's of cans. I am hoping we can either match or beat that this year. So bring your stuff and tell everyone about the drive. Clothing, Canned Goods, Hygiene Items
October 11 - November 31st
HU 140 (Writing Center), HU 333 (Eng. Main Office)

9. Sustainability Week and Roundtable
Sustainability week will be November 11-15. Each day will be themed so please check the sustainability website for a full list of events! There will be a Sustainability roundtable held on November 11, regarding climate change. If you are interested in attending, more details can be found under the events tab:

10. LISC Student Needed
The Library Science Committee is in need of one more student member for the semester. There is only one definite meeting left to be held on, Monday, November 25th. They also have a tentative date set for Monday, December 16th, but that meeting would only be held if there is urgent business that needs to be wrapped up before the end of the semester. The typical meeting date for this committee is 3:00-4:30 on the fourth Monday of the month.

11. Committee on Assessment of Governance and Consultation
This committee is a subcommittee of GOV looking for a graduate student please contact Caitlin Janiszewski for more information or to show interest at

12. RGSO Online Voucher Training System
The first training event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 19th from 6:30-7:30pm in the Levitt Room on the Downtown Campus, in Page Hall.
The second one will be Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the same room, in the Levitt room Downtown.

13. Ed. Psych Movie Night
Friday, November 8th, 2013
6:00 - 9:00 pm in ED335
Please join us for a viewing of the educational documentary "Race to Nowhere," followed by an informed discussion, and lots of refreshments to enjoy! All students and faculty are welcome to attend. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Hirah Mir at Hope to see you all there!

14. CSSA Presents - THE VOICE!
The CSSA, Chinese Student and Scholar Association, is holding a fun night of music!
The Voice of UAlbany
Thursday, November 8th, 2013
7:00 - 10:00 pm in the Campus Center Ballroom
This is a party night for Karaoke lovers. There will be some students coming up singing on the stage, and competing for the top 3 "good voice" of UAlbany. Everyone could come and enjoy the night, and vote for them. There will be other wonderful performance also.

15. SASPA Lecture with Jim Wright
Monday November 4th, 2013
6:00 - 8:00pm in the Standish Room
SASPA will be hosting Jim Wright on November 4th from 6-8pm in the Standish Room located on the third floor on the Science Library. Jim Wright will be presenting on Strong Classroom Management: Strategies for School Psychologists. This is an RSVP event, please go to the following link to RSVP

16. School of Public Health RGSO Open Meeting
SPH RGSO is having an Open Meeting!
Thursday, November 7th
12:00 - 1:00pm in Room C3 on East Campus.
This meeting is to discuss upcoming events here at the School of Public Health and we will be having some food for the students.

17. AGSO Movie Night
The Anthropology Graduate Student Organization is holding a movie night!
Movie - Persepolis
November 11th, 2013
7:30 in Room - TBA
You can find the trailer here! Click Here

18. Physics Speaker
"Bayesian inference as optimal transportation"
Friday, November 8th, 2013
2:45 to 4:00pm in Physics Room 129C Luther Andrews Seminar Room

19. Therapy Dog Days!!
Main Campus Therapy Dog Study Break Event!
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
12:00 - 4:00 pm in the Campus Center TV Lobby and West Lounge
New Dog Breeds to Pet! It's The Place to De-Stress!
Student Association Beverages and Giveaways, Fundraisers for UAlbany Veterans, Middle Earth, and Disability Resource Center and Tabling from Great Campus Organizations! Take a 'Paws' with Therapy Dogs!

20. Social Welfare Comedy NOLA Fundraising Event Every year since Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA), graduate students from SUNY Albany?s School of Social Welfare have contributed their time and effort to help rebuild the structure and morale of those affected by this disaster. Come out for a barrel of laughs with Carmen Lynch at
Thursday, November 21, 2013.
Comedy Works Comedy Club
Doors open at 5:30pm, the show starts 6:30pm to 8pm.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Here is how you can purchase tickets in advance:
Full cash bar and dinner menu will be available.
All proceeds raised support the NOLA service learning trip. MSW students will be traveling to New Orleans, LA in January 2014 to volunteer with a variety of organizations, as well as examine policy and infrastructure both before and after Hurricane Katrina.
Discounted hotel rooms are available next door.

21. Teaching Portfolios for Future Faculty
Wednesday, November 6th
2:30 - 4:00 pm in the ITLAL Underground (Library Basement 69)
Teaching is becoming important to all sorts of schools, and successful job candidates are able to articulate their thoughts and behaviors clearly. A great way to prepare to demonstrate teaching effectiveness both on paper and in interviews is to develop a strong teaching statement and assemble a portfolio that showcases your accomplishments and growth as a teacher. This workshop will provide examples and help you develop a strategy for collecting and displaying materials to help you articulate your philosophy of teaching and demonstrate your strengths as a teacher. ITLAL will be hosting a teaching portfolio contest in the Spring! Get started now to compete at the higher levels! Head over to to register for this event!

22. Medicative Mondays
Jump-start your week with a guided meditation every Monday evening in The Interfaith Center from 6pm - 6:45pm. The sessions are open to all and FREE as these are your GSA funds and student activity fee at work! No prior experience of yoga/meditation is required. Lets breathe, lets meditate, lets live! Please contact Nikhil at for more details.

23. GAPS & SEA Change Seminar
GAPS (Graduate Association of Political Science) & SEAChange (Students of Educational Administration for Change ) are excited to announce the second edition of a major and successful event in Spring 2014: 2014 Institutions and Societies: Graduate Conference
Friday, February 28th, 2014
Downtown Campus - University at Albany-SUNY
University at Albany graduate students and graduate students from institutions in the Capital Region are invited to participate in a conference aimed at giving them the opportunity to gain conference experience conveniently at our own institution, while getting useful feedback from other departments and faculty members. This is a unique experience. A 200-word proposal is due by December 13, 2013.
More info and online proposal submission: Click Here!

24. International Teacher Education Conference Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
February 5th-7th, 2014
Call for papers!
The main goal of International Teacher Education Conference is to provide a multinational platform where the latest trends in education can be presented and discussed in a friendly environment with the aim to learn from each other. Prospective presenters are encouraged to submit proposals for papers and posters/demonstrations that offer new research or theoretical contributions. Presentations should be in Turkish, English and Arabic and should address both theoretical issues and new research findings. Furthermore if the presenter is unable to attend the oral presentation, video presentations are available. For further information on how to submit, please refer to the Paper Submission section on our website. For paper guidelines, please refer to the Paper Guidelines section. ITEC 2014 conference will take place on February 5-7, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Sharjah Hotel, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.. All full papers (in all languages) will be published in an online proceedings book on ITEC web site after the conference. We would like to invite you to share your experience and your papers with academicians and professionals.
Conference Languages The official languages of the conference are English and Turkish. Proposals can be sent and be presented in either language. But all submission process will be done in English. Please, submit your proposal according to the following presentation category descriptions in paper guidelines. Deadlines Proposal & Abstract Submission Deadline : January 24, 2014 Full Paper Submission : January 26, 2014 Registration : January 24, 2014 Conference : February 5,6,7- 2014

25. Minority Business Specialist 2, SG 23 Opening
Under the general direction of an Assistant Director Financial Administration 3, the incumbent will be responsible for compliance with the provisions of Article 15-A of the Executive Law and the rules and regulations contained within 5 NYCRR Parts 140-44, and ensure that Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) are given maximum practical opportunities to participate in the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistances (OTDA) procurements. Please see attachment for further information.

26. FASEB Biological Research Video Contest The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is sponsoring a competition for the most effective and creative video of how biomedical and biological research is funded in the U.S. and how the results of federally funded research benefit Americans. Ideas for submission include, but are not limited to: * Interviews
* Animation
* Music/dance videos
Grand prize winner will receive $5,000!
Video submissions will be accepted starting October 1 through November 30, 2013. The winner will be announced in February 2014.
For more information and to enter, please visit: Click Here

27. Stay in the Know!
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